Real Mama: Leslie G

Tell us a little about yourself…

My name is Leslie and I’m 24 years old. I married the love of my life, Rusty, in January 2010, and gave birth to our son Gavin in January 2012. I work full time as a dispatcher for an electric company. I enjoy reading, yoga and spending time outdoors with my family.

Where is home?

Home is a small town in North Florida. All of our family is nearby; I can’t imagine living anywhere else!

What are your secrets to balancing your life as a working mama?

I’m not sure I quite have this figured out yet! I try not to let a stressful day at work affect my home life. I need to be happy and full of energy when I get home, or else it can ruin the few precious hours I have with my husband and son that day.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

Honestly, my son. I want to set the best example that I can for him. Since he has come along, I am much more mindful of the things I say. I believe our words hold a lot of power and I don’t want him hearing me speak negatively of people or situations. I also put more effort into eating right and exercising. I need to be able to keep up with him!

What has been the best advice you’ve received as a mama? What do you feel is the best advice, if any, that you’ve given as a mama?

The best advice I have received is to enjoy my son, just as he is at that moment. His first year of life absolutely flew by. He is constantly changing and I don’t want to miss the present because I’m looking forward to what he’ll do next.

Are you the kind of mama you thought you’d be?

I am actually a lot more relaxed than I thought I would be. I’m not the type to hover over him trying to protect him from every little thing. This is a good thing, because as rambunctious as my son is, there’s no stopping a few bumps and bruises along the way.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I would be able to control time. There are times when I wish I could go back and just hold my newborn baby and not be so caught up in all the stress that comes with having your first child.

Was your birth experience all that you hoped it would be? If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

My birth experience was nothing like I had envisioned. I was set for a natural, medicine-free birth with a midwife at a birthing center. There were complications though, and after about 17 hours of labor, I was transferred to a nearby hospital where I eventually ended up with a cesarean section. If I could change anything, I would have mentally prepared myself for the fact that things could go differently than what I had planned.

How has your mothering evolved since those early newborn days? Is there anything, thus far, in your approach to mothering that you swore “I’d never do…” and you are?

I was so naïve when he was first born! I had a laundry list of “I’ll nevers.” I thought he would only wear cloth diapers, never drink formula, all of his baby food would be homemade, he would never play with my phone just to keep him occupied, and he wouldn’t watch a second of TV. While some of those things worked for a while, I realized that an occasional disposable diaper or serving of store bought baby food won’t hurt him.

Do you have a mama mantra? Or something you find yourself repeating over and over when times are tough?

Something I once read that has stuck with me is “You are good enough. God has chosen you to be this child’s mother for a reason.”

Is there anything else you wish to share with the Mama Say What?! audience?

Trust yourself. You know your child better than any “expert” or doctor. Go with what works for your family.


One Response to Real Mama: Leslie G

  1. In addition to being an amazing wife and mother, she is also an absolutely amazing sister. She makes it sound like she is so lucky to have her husband and child in her life, but it is no doubt that everyone she meets is equally lucky to have met her.

    Love you sis
    -Lil Brother.

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